Candidates for Alvin ISD board of trustees Position 6 answered questions ahead of the upcoming May 6 election.

Candidates were asked to keep responses under 75 words, answer the questions provided and avoid attacking opponents. Answers may have been edited or cut to adhere to those guidelines, or for style and clarity.

Residents interested can vote early from April 24-May 2.

* indicates incumbent

Craig Kettler

Experience: 18 years in Alvin ISD, CTE Coordinator, Ag Science Teacher, Construction Teacher, 5th Grade Science Teacher, Commercial Hog Farmer

Occupation: Educator

Contact Information: 281-217-7183

What do you believe the district should focus on in the 2023-26 strategic plan?

We need to continue the focus on social and emotional well-being of our students. In addition, increased emphasis on the well-being of employees to match that of students is needed. As we continue to grow, equity between the newly built schools and older schools is a must to ensure all students are successful. Furthermore, we need to ensure our students are prepared to compete in the local and global workforce.

If elected, what would be your priorities?

A top priority is to be the voice for educators. As a current educator, we feel that we lack representation when decisions are being made about what is best for Alvin ISD. Next, I want to make sure students feel safe while receiving a well-rounded education. A student should never be distracted from learning by fear for their safety. However, we need to maintain the balance between a welcoming classroom with a safe one.

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

I am uniquely qualified. I live in and work for Alvin ISD; my kids and myself are products of an Alvin ISD education. I feel the pulse of the parents, staff and students first hand. An educator fresh from the classroom provides insight to teacher concerns; a 2023 graduate for a daughter provides a pipeline to the education being offered, and being an active community member allows me to speak for stakeholders who support our district.

Earl Humbird*

Occupation: Retired plant operator

What do you believe the district should focus on in the 2023-26 strategic plan?

Alvin ISD increases student population by nearly 1,000 new students each year. In order to accommodate this level of growth, the district has to ensure that we are equipped with schools and sufficient classrooms for the students. We also have to remain focused on recruiting and retaining best-in-class educators and administrators. The district also has to focus on the challenge of adding key instructional programs to ensure our students have the most opportunities available to pursue their areas of academic interest, whether in Career and Technical Education, the Arts, electives, or athletics.

If elected, what would be your priorities?

I would continue to focus on school safety, hiring quality teachers, engaging with the community as our continued partners, and building schools or facilities as needed to keep up with our rapid growth.

What makes you the best candidate for the job?

I have served on the board for 18 years, and I am extremely proud of our successes that we have accomplished during that time. I am thankful to have played a role in improving in a number of areas including: school safety, supporting our teachers, expanding opportunities for our students, engaged partnership with our parents and community, [and] maintaining a fiscally responsible budget.